FLINT (WJRT) (11/28/2017) - The spirit of giving was very evident on Giving Tuesday, as dozens of mattresses were donated to two Mid-Michigan organizations.
"You never really think about your mattress for those of us who are privileged enough to have a mattress," said Jen-Ai Notman, the head of social for mattress company Leesa Sleep. "Some of these people have never even slept on a mattress in their entire life, much less a brand new one."
But that's all changing as 110 new mattresses are coming into the Flint community, 60 of them to Carriage Town Ministries.
"All together they've donated 200 mattresses since 2016 to Carriage Town Ministries," said Emily Rossmaessler.
On Giving Tuesday, Leesa Sleep didn't stop there. The company also made a donation to My Brother's Keeper.
"I was walking through the building looking at the conditions of the mattresses and thinking about our budget, I really couldn't fit it in," said Executive Director Deborah Hayes. "Then we got a phone call from Dallas inviting us to this event and we're receiving 50 brand new mattresses from the organization and were so excited."
It's all part of Leesa's Dream Project. The company has donated of 22,000 mattresses to date to nonprofits like My Brothers Keeper and Carriage Town Ministries.
"Sleep can be the difference between starting a day and being groggy or starting a day and ready to take it on, ready to find a job," said Notman. "Really ready to go back into society and become self-sufficient again."
This was the second donation that has been made by Leesa Sleep into the Flint community.